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Raphinha may not have played his last Leeds United match as Barcelona risk missing out



West Yorkshire is looking increasingly more likely to see Raphinha again before Barcelona does based on the rate at which this transfer saga is dragging out.

The second tranche of Leeds United’s squad returned to begin pre-season in the city yesterday and Australia is looming large.

The squad is scheduled to fly out to Gold Coast on the morning of July 10 and if the Brazilian remains registered to Elland Road, he will be on that flight.

After another weekend of meek developments from the Nou Camp, which included comments from president Joan Laporta, Chelsea remain unbeaten with the best offer on the table.

Crucially, the Blues are standing firm with an offer which presents a sizeable percentage of the fee up front for the Whites.

While that is to United’s liking, it’s evident Raphinha and Deco are not yet sold on Stamford Bridge.

The agent can posture and ruminate as much as he likes, but his client’s current trajectory has him lining up against Brisbane Roar at Cbus Super Stadium next week. That friendly kicks off in nine days more than 10,000 miles away.

There seems next to no chance of the Brazilian being shoehorned into the Blackpool friendly this week, but Leeds are adamant he will play his part in Australia like the rest of the squad if he is still on the books.

While Kalvin Phillips signed off with that final-day great escape, Raphinha looks set to play in white again before he leaves.

Chelsea’s hand has been played, United’s demands are clear and it’s now a case of Deco doing everything in his power to bring Barcelona up to standard. At what point does Raphinha lose patience and choose a different path?

The La Liga giants are in a mess and Raphinha could find himself waiting for that dream move up until deadline.

day on September 1 without it happening. That’s five matches into the new season incidentally.

You would not expect Chelsea to wait around forever either.Thomas Tuchel has his own plans for the campaign and if they can spend that money on a more willing forward, you would forgive them for moving on.

Raphinha will never be short of suitors, but if he keeps holding on for that one move with all of his eggs in the Catalonian basket,

he’s going to find himself in Leeds friendlies and maybe even competitive matches. There’s the small matter of a World Cup off the back of all this disruption too, don’t forget.


Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report



As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m



Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m



Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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